Published: Jul 01, 2012 02:35 PM
Modified: Jul 01, 2012 03:45 PM
MSOC Beer Nuts win Chapel Hill
In the Chapel Hill Adult Softball league tournament completed last Wednesday at Homestead Park, MSOC Beer Nuts almost missed the party but ended up winning it all.
Top-seeded Suttons FDH had already punched their ticket for the final by fending off Jersey Mikes Subs 10-8 in one semifinal Monday. In the semifinals nightcap, the Journeymen were up by one run going into the bottom of the seventh inning against Beer Nuts.
With two men on and one out, a sharp single lined into right field easily scored the first runner, and the third-base coach opted to send the next man on home. The right-fielder made a strong throw to home, where the catcher stepped in front of the plate to snag the ball before spinning around to go for the tag. The base-runner slid under the tag with the game-winning run in a 15-14 decision, called safe despite the Journeymens protests.
Wednesdays final seemed almost anti-climatic by comparison. MSOC Beer Nuts won the championship with a 10-6 victory over Suttons and finished the season at 15-4. Suttons FDH, which had beaten MSOC (Management Services On Call) Beer Nuts 8-5 in their only meeting of the regular season, ended up 16-3.
"We had a great run to finish out the year, winning 11 of our last 12 games," MSOC Beer Nuts player-coach Dave Backus noted. "We got off to a slow start this year and when a couple of our young guns returned from college is when we really got going."
Two former Chapel Hill High School baseball standouts provided big momentum for the Beers -- Guilford College grad Eric Backus, a four-year letterman for the Quakers, and Furman grad Bill Sanders, who started out his college baseball career at Denison University in Ohio.
"We have a good mix of guys from the ages of 48 to 22," Dave Backus said. "Some have played the game for 30 years, and others just started this year. It really has been fun playing together." Polewka contributed to this report.
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